The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland

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Admire The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a sanctuary spanning several floors with a rock cave carved into the base of a cliff. A life-sized replica of Michelangelo's Pièta sits as a centerpiece in the cave's shrine. Set amidst 25 ha (62 ac) of botanical gardens, the tranquility of the 34 m (110 ft) grotto serves as a place for reflection away from downtown Portland. Visit the large meditation hall that occupies the main chamber, and enjoy impressive views from the cliff top overlooking the Columbia River Valley. Wander through well-groomed parks home to several chapels and statues. You can also explore hundreds of trails through nearby forests. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and many more Portland attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Portland trip maker site.
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  • This has been on my list for years. I love the history and the beauty of this area. It is something that doesn’t take long yet transports you into peace and history  more »
  • Beautiful, peaceful place for a walk. I loved the upper gardens, especially the "wayside shrines" from different countries. Also, the white pine carvings of the Sorrows of Mary were gorgeous. Well....  more »
  • This place is a nice place to walk around the gardens and enjoy God’s creation. Very peaceful to be alone with your thoughts. Extensive gift shop for religious gifts but beware we witnessed cars...  more »
  • Serenity. The Grotto radiates it. Whether or not you are a person of faith, it's hard to imagine feeling anything but tranquility and peace in this outdoor palace of beauty. Take a deep breath before the wonderous gardens, shrine and chapel take your breath away! Although my favorite time to visit is at Christmas (the holiday just feels incomplete without seeing the lights!), The Grotto is open daily for a meditative stroll along garden paths (be sure to check out the upper gardens!), quiet, reflective prayer in the Chapel of Mary, or shopping for souvenirs and religious paraphernalia in the gift shop. At Christmas time, stop in to hear local school choirs, puppet shows, a petting zoo, and of course, the gorgeous Christmas light displays! The Grotto is among Portland's most important treasures, and a must-see for locals and visitors alike.
  • Missing this place so much to visit again!!! Already visited many times. Very beautiful and peaceful place to pray and relax. Feeling all of peaceful moments in all beautiful gardens and nature in 'The Grotto' is my most favorite part. And of course the amazing scenery of Portland seeing from the top. - From Vancouver BC Canada
  • Finding it, alone, was providential. Visiting the Grotto of the Sorrowful Mother was one of the most spiritually enriching pilgrimages I have ever lived. Highly recommend it. A perfect place to meditate on the perfection of God’s creation.
  • A wonderful place to meditate and contemplate life. I spent a half hour with the bronze replica of Michelangelo's Pieta, before taking a slow stroll through the gardens and stations.
  • As a non religious person, I can honestly say, The Grotto is the most serene, beautiful escape for a busy mind. I visit several times per year, and always leave with a peaceful joy in my soul. Highly recommended for anyone needing a moment of quiet in this chaotic world 💙🙏💙

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